President Trump Sends $25000 Check to Gold Star Family

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2017

The White House on Wednesday said President Trump has sent a $25,000 check to the father of a slain Army soldier - almost four months after having made the offer and on the same day it was reported by the Washington Post. Obviously, though, these past 10 months have not been normal times.

Cpl. Dillon Baldridge was killed in June when an Afghan security officer opened fire on his American counterparts in an insider attack.

Trump called Chris Baldridge, father of Sgt. Dillon Baldridge, a couple of weeks after the sergeant's death, The Washington Post reported.

Mr Baldridge, a construction worker, said he also expressed frustration with the military's survivor benefits programme: Cpl Baldridge's ex-wife was listed as his beneficiary, so she would receive the Pentagon's $100,000 death gratuity, even though Mr Baldridge said "I can barely rub two nickels together".

The money has yet to materialize.

"I didn't say what that congresswoman said".

Bainbridge said he later received a formal condolence letter from the White House. "But I was like, 'Damn, no check.' Just a letter saying, 'I'm sorry'".

At least four Gold Star families say they were never contacted by Trump, and are angry over the President's false claim, The Washington Post reports.

On Wednesday, after the Post wrote a story about the exchange, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told BuzzFeed News the check had been sent, but when asked, did not specify when the check was mailed.

"It's disgusting that the media is taking something that should be recognized as a generous and honest gesture, made privately by the president, and using it to advance the media's biased agenda", Walters said in the statement, the Post reported.

But Baldridge said the only thing he subsequently received from the White House was a letter of condolence. La David Johnson. The congresswoman said the comments were disrespectful.

Trump got into a Twitter battle Wednesday with Democratic Rep. Frederica S. Wilson of Florida over his comments to the family of Sgt. Trump said that the man "must have known what he signed up for".

Johnson's mother confirmed the exchange, telling the Washington Post "Pesident Trump idd disrespect my son and and my daughter and also me and my husband".

A White House spokesperson, speaking on background, said the check has been "in the pipeline" since the President's conversation with the father. During the call, the Post reported, Trump offered him $25,000 and said he would instruct his staff to establish an online fundraising page for the family.

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